Roger Mortimer

Roger Mortimer was born in Mangakino, New Zealand in 1956. Since graduating with a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts in 1999, Mortimer has exhibited regularly in Auckland and Wellington. His work was included in the Artspace shows Flesh and Fruity and After Killeen (2001) in Auckland, Portraiture (2003) at Te Tuhi, Pakuranga, and High Chair (2005) at ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland.

In 2014 he was the Paramount winner of the Wallace Art Awards and subsequently spent six months at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York. His work is included in public and private collections in New Zealand, Australia and France. Roger Mortimer currently lives and works in Auckland.

Mortimer is interested in the nature of attachment in the psychological sense. When this fundamental relational need is disrupted, it generates conflict, adaptive behavior and intense suffering. His paintings explore these themes and have been described as “an allegorical scrambling of time and geography, that pushes at the limits of the human imagination” [1], giving rise to a dense layering of colliding or intertwined worlds and systems. In Mortimer’s fantastical landscapes and watery coasts, people and creatures enact dynamic vignettes of horror and suffering, as well as the possibility of transformation.


[1]  John Hurrell: When Botticelli sailed to Taranaki, Eye Contact June, 2010


Selected Exhibitions

2021 Auckland Art Fair

2020 Houhora, Föenander Galleries, Auckland 

2019 Karori, Bartley + Company Art, Wellington Auckland Art Fair, Bartley + Company Art 

2018 The Fisher King, Nadene Milne Gallery, Christchurch Tiwai, Bartley + Company Art, Wellington 

2017 Dilemma Hill – a survey, Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua Dilemma Hill– a survey, The Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland Sydney Contemporary, Bartley + Company Art 

2016 Resolution Island, Bartley + Company Art, Wellington Auckland Art Fair, Bartley + Company Art 

2015 Te Waha, Bartley + Company Art, Wellington 

2013 South Poetic Party, Bartley + Company Art, Wellington 

2012 Manukau Banks, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland 

2011 The Messenger, Bartley + Company Art, Wellington 

2010 Hapuku Lodge, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland 

2009 Apocrypha, Bartley + Company Art, Wellington 

Feelings, Ivan Anthony, Auckland 

2007 Intelligent Design, Ivan Anthony, Auckland 

2006 A Glitch, Ivan Anthony, Auckland 

2005 Supercover, Brooke/Gifford Gallery, Christchurch 

The End of the World, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland 

2004 The Intimate Hours, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland 

2003 Letterstogina, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland 

2002 Madonna of the Shark, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland 

2001 Southern Collection Unit, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland 

2000 e-illumination, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland